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Truckers Against Trafficking Law Enforcement Briefing Held by Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's Crime Victims Council 
 

Criminal Justice Professionals Met with Leaders from the Trucking Industry

About Child Sex Trafficking

 

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s Crime Victims Council hosted a meeting today at the Radisson Hotel -- Menomonee Falls to engage the efforts of trucking companies and travel/truck plazas and their employees to join the fight against child sex trafficking.  The meeting was organized by the Council in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office -- Eastern District of Wisconsin, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Milwaukee Field Office, and the national nonprofit group, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT).  Approximately 80 attendees, representing law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service agencies and Wisconsin trucking companies and truck stops, received information from local, state and federal law enforcement about human trafficking in Wisconsin. 

 

“Members of the trucking industry are in a unique position to see and report child sex trafficking,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.  “We are grateful to everyone who took time today to meet and discuss how we can work together to help children who are being trafficked.”

 

Kylla Leeburg, the Deputy Director of TAT, spoke to the group about opportunities for collaboration between law enforcement and the trucking industry to protect trafficked children.  Sex traffickers are known to take children to truck stops to solicit truckers.  Leeburg described the impact the industry is having on the fight against human trafficking due to increased awareness about the plight of trafficked children.  According to TAT, truckers rank 19th overall in the number of calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, operated by the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. 

 

Representatives from the trucking industry were given information about how to report suspected human trafficking and resources for training owners and employees to spot and report human trafficking.  Law enforcement and prosecutors received resources to improve the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking in Wisconsin.

 

The meeting was made possible through the financial support of the Department of Justice Children’s Justice Act Grant Program and Truckers Against Trafficking.  The Radisson Hotel donated lunch for the event.

 

Information about human trafficking is available on the Department of Justice website: www.doj.state.wi.us.  Resources for the trucking industry are available at Truckers Against Trafficking website: www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org.